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Aussies advised to stay away from central and western Mindanao


MANILA, Philippines—The Australian government has advised its citizens against travelling to central and western Mindanao because of “a very high threat” of violence in the region.

In an updated travel advisory issued on Thursday, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned its citizens in the Philippines to avoid the provinces on the  Zamboanga Peninsula and the Sulu Archipelago “ due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, violent crime and violent clashes between armed groups.”

The advisory posted on Australia’s smart travel website also advised Australians to “reconsider your need to travel” to eastern Mindanao.

The Australian government’s general advise for its citizens is to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling to the Philippines.

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Tags: Australia , Mindanao , Security , Tourism , Travel

  • kanoy


    • Crazy_horse101010

      yeah its going to be harder to get investments.

  • TreadLikely

    Wasted revenue for Tourism in PH, thanks Kirams!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

    thanks Kirom.. 

  • TreadLikely

    Arrest Kiram. Let him rot in jail.

    The Repercussions of his reckless actions will greatly affect us all. Tourism is one of PH great source of revenue, we all know how travel advisories can harm us like what happened to the  hostage bus crisis in manila.

    Our economy is already improving. The last thing we need is potential revenue lost and destabilization in Mindanao just because of some greedy old man.

    • superpilipinas

      he-he-he. arrest him and you give yourself more problems. the man has many followers in Mindanao. doing that would be one step forward two steps backward. the years of successful peace effort in Mindanao will go down the drain. 

  • riza888

    There is no peace with Islam.

    • superpilipinas

      Turkey is Islamic and at peace with the rest of its EU neighbors.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    dont worry…us aussies are dumb fucks…we will still go there…hahaha

  • Bos Duit

    congratulation to kiram …. you have give bad name to philippine and also killing your own underling just for your self interest…. bravo

  • superpilipinas

    you see? 

    tourism is growing in the Philippines but I think PNoy’s handling of peace and order is still not good enough and is slowing down the growth.

    I think PNoy’s opening move in the Kiram issue was a blunder. He should have seek advice from FVR who has handled the issue before. He’s learning on the job. But it costs a lot of people’s lives.

    Now the Malaysians have hardened their stand and more deaths are expected.

    Another blunder like the Quirino grandstand hijacking issue.

    I think PNoy has jesters in the palace….not advisers.

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